I had occasion this past week while on a visit to New York City to spend some time at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 11 West 53rd Street. We restricted ourselves to the 5th floor which exhibited Painting and Sculpture from 1880 to 1940. Although flash photography is not allowed, I was able to turn off the flash on my digital camera and take several pictures of my favorite impressionists.
It was a great thrill to see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night which is one of the most famous paintings on exhibit at MoMA. Van Gogh painted this masterpiece while in a sanitarium, viewing the town from his window at night. Also, van Gogh’s The Olive Trees is on display at MoMA.
We were able to view Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. These particular three panels were entitled Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond. All of his Water Lilies paintings, of which there are 250, depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny, where he spent the last thirty years of his life.
Georges Seurat has at least four paintings on display at MoMA, including Port-en-Bessin, Entrance to the Harbor. It was Seurat who developed the technique of pointillism in the 1880’s, in which small dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Paul Cezanne’s The Bather was the subject of a lecture by a docent to a small group while we were there.
Henri Matisse’s Dance (1) is an oversized painting which takes up quite a bit of room. A second Dance is
on display at The Hermitage in St. Petersburg in Russia. Matisse’s The Red Studio is also in the 5th Floor collection. Also shown are his twin paintings – Goldfish & Palette and Goldfish & Easel.
Marc Chagall’s I and the Village with its distinct Cubist style is easily recognizable among the paintings.
Max Ernst has a three-dimensional collage called Two Children are Threatened by a Nightingale. Its distinct appearance made it stand out.
Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock, Edvard Munch, Vasily Kandinsky, Gustave Klimt and others are also on exhibit in this 5th Floor Collection,.
We were not able to view every painting there during our short stay on the 5th Floor. There is so much to see and so little time.
Admission to The Museum of Modern Art is very reasonable. It is $20 for Adults, $16 for Senior Citizens, $12 for Students, and Children under 16 are free.